1835 New Brunswick, New Jersey tornado

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Max rating1 Unrated tornado
Damage $300,000
($7.12 million in 2017 dollars[1])[2]
1Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

The 1835 New Brunswick, New Jersey, tornado of Friday, June 19, 1835, was the deadliest recorded in New Jersey history. It struck what is now part of downtown New Brunswick, along a path that stretched through or near what is now Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital property, rambled towards the site of Monument Square, and went downhill to the river from there, after wreaking havoc on George Street. The twister then destroyed all but two of the twelve houses in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Reporting[edit]

On June 20, 1835, the New York Evening Star reported: "About 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, a tornado passed over the town of Piscataway, about two miles from New Brunswick, which destroyed every house but two. The current proceeded towards the City of New Brunswick, and made dreadful havoc in that place, destroying and injuring nearly one hundred and fifty houses in Liberty, Richmond and Schureman streets. The most melancholy part of the accident is the death of several persons.There were 5 deaths, and here are 4 of them. A widow lady by the name of Van Arsdale, a man called Henry Boorsem, formerly a midshipman in the Navy, who was killed in the street, and a boy named Bayard."[3][4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ Grazulis, Thomas P (July 1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991. St. Johnsbury, VT: The Tornado Project of Environmental Films. ISBN 1-879362-03-1. 
  3. ^ "Dreadful Tornado". New York Evening Star. June 20, 1835. Retrieved 2011-10-13. About 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, a tornado passed over the town of Piscataway, about two miles from New Brunswick, which destroyed every house but two. ... 
  4. ^ "Destructive Tornado". New York Gazette. June 29, 1835. Retrieved 2018-08-11. 
Preceded by
Charleston, SC (1761)
Costliest U.S. tornadoes on Record
June 19, 1835
Succeeded by
Natchez, Miss. (1840)